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Poster: He Live's Date: Jan 30, 2009 7:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: BECAUSE .....when things are left to chance....

it's rarely THAT GOOD -- it is only ever TANTALIZING.

see what i am saying? the grateful dead were just full of shortcomings and mistakes.... but they were ALWAYS so damn interesting.

i think the imperfection was part of the deal. not that they didn't want it to be always good.... they were professionals. but to get to those really exceptional spaces, the ones that keep us coming back for more, they incorporated chance into the design from the beginning.

because, when things are left to chance, anything can happen.



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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jan 30, 2009 8:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: BECAUSE .....when things are left to chance....

So, how much credit goes to their fans, particularly early on, for allowing that chance - any? none? some? Seems like Deadheads from early on up until close to the end were incredibly forgiving about the missed cues, poor vocals, downright shit shows because when the magic happened nothing else ever even came remotely close for being in the moment. If the audience had not been willing to let them fail, and expected the rote note by note perfection of what they heard on the album, would we still be listening? Just a random thought after a long day that still finds me in the office...

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Poster: He Live's Date: Jan 30, 2009 9:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: BECAUSE .....when things are left to chance....

well you said "audience" but i would say "scene". i think in this respect the dead were "scenesters". i think we might be on the same tip here, but the DEAD were exploiters. well, at the VERY LEAST, businessmen.

they WERE the shaman they seemed to be in those transcendent moments: they were there to enable an environment; to provide the atmosphere that would facilitate the scene. that is the genius, no? they would never be in this position if they could not deliver the GOODS.... and of course, they could.

they knew where the "next level" was. and they also knew, they could never go nonchalantly prancing in for no reason.

and so, from 69 onwards they played in measured intervals, that, in retrospect, they knew they could perpetuate ad infinitum.... they played it out for a quarter century. in human terms, an amazing effort.




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